Horses seized from Dan McWilliams are under a 30-day quarantine.
Two more sick and weak horses have died after being seized from an Oklahoma horse breeder. The equines were among a herd of 86 removed by authorities from rancher Dan McWilliams, of Muskogee, just over a week ago.
Investigator Melissa Jackson tells Rate My Horse PRO two additional counts of animal cruelty will be filed against McWilliams in connection with the horses’ deaths. He is currently charged with 23 counts of felony cruelty to animals stemming from the death of 17 horses and six cows. McWilliams is accused of willfully or maliciously depriving the animals of “necessary food, drink, and care to prevent suffering; to which the animal did die from said deprivation,” according to the charging document.
Investigator Jackson says the veterinarian’s report has not been received, but once it is, “additional charges may be filed for neglect of the remaining livestock.” The horses continue their tenuous recovery after their alleged maltreatment along with 113 cows that were also seized. The animals are at a local ranch and have been placed under a 30-day quarantine.
Authorities say they served the seizure warrant allowing them to remove the animals from the ranch owned by McWilliams’ parents. McWilliams was arrested and arraigned last week. He is out on $25,000 bond.
Each felony cruelty to animals count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison or up to a year in jail or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
A forfeiture hearing scheduled for Tuesday was postponed by McWilliams’ attorney. McWilliams is scheduled to be back in court on February 24th related to his criminal charges.